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The Pirates have been awfully quiet of late. They haven't really made much news since the Erik Bedard signing at the end of the winter meetings. Things are going to move quickly over the next ten days on the free agent market (prediction: Prince Fielder will sign by the January 25th at the latest; things will fall into place fast once the Rangers' negotation with Yu Darvish ends on Wednesday) and with only about a month until pitchers and catchers report, it's entirely possible that the Pirates are done wheeling and dealing for the winter. It's not a sure thing that they're done, though. We know that the club has expressed interest in both Jeff Francis and Derrek Lee, two guys who are still on the free agent market and may be waiting things out to see if they can still stumble into a bigger-than-expected contract. The Pirates can pretty clearly make use of another pitcher and bringing in another first baseman wouldn't exactly hurt them at this point, so it...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they’ve added six non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The new additions are Gerrit Cole, Michael Crotta, Ramon Cabrera, Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, and Robbie Grossman.
Of the group, only Crotta and Fryer have major league experience, both spending time in the majors in 2011. I don’t see any of the group making the majors out of Spring...
The Pirates agreed to terms on a 1-year deal with closer Joel Hanrahan and starter Charlie Morton. Both players are entering their 1st season of arbitration eligibility.
Hanrahan’s deal is worth $4.1 million after a stellar season where he posted a 1.83 ERA over 68 2/3 innings. He racked up 40 saves in 44 opportunities. His K/9 dipped down to 8.0 from 12.9 in 2010, so that will...
Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year, $2.445 M deal with pitcher Charlie Morton. The deal allows the two sides to avoid Morton’s first year of arbitration. Morton was originally projected for a $2.1 M salary, per MLBTR’s arbitration estimates. The 2012 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated with the new amount.
All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan agreed Monday to a $4.1 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and right-hander Charlie Morton struck a one-year deal worth $2,445,000.
Hanrahan went 1-4 with a 1.83 ERA while saving 40 games for the Pirates in 2011, helping the team to a 15-game improvement over 2010. The 30-year-old right-hander made $1.4 million last season. Hanrahan...
The Pirates schedule is looking rather promising this year. With the opening day game on April 5, 2012, we host the Philadelphia Phillies in PNC Park to start off a new season in hopes to get a winning season for the first time in 19 years. The rest of the season is shaping up nicely also. Our first month is going to be pretty busy, considering we only have 5 days off, but this gives...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year deal with closer Joel Hanrahan, avoiding arbitration. The terms of the deal aren’t yet known. Hanrahan was projected for a $4 M salary through arbitration, after earning $1.4 M in 2011.
On this date in 1895 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Red Ehret, along with cash to the St Louis Browns for pitcher Pink Hawley. Ehret was 26 at the time of the trade and had played for the Pirates for three seasons compiling a 53-59 3.79 record. In 1894 he went 19-21 5.14 in 346.2 innings. Hawley was just 22 years old and while he had a poor record at 30-58 in three years with...
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with Norwalk pitcher Joel Hanrahan on a one-year deal that’s worth $4.1 million.
The Pirates reached contract agreements with right-handed pitchers Jeff Karstens and Evan Meek on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.
The Reds signed Ryan Ludwick to a one-year contract, and Redleg Nation is not impressed:
File this under “It could be worse”: Best thing about Ryan Ludwick is that he doesn’t spell his name “J-u-a-n P-i-e-r-r-e” or “R-i-c-k A-n-k-i-e-l.”
Ryan Ludwick’s career certainly seems to be fading as he ages into his early 30s. Teams may remember his outstanding 2008, which...